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is located in the Watamu
area of the Kenya Coast
Unlike nearby Malindi
, Watamu itself is much more of a village than a town, with a scattering of small shops and a reasonably hassle free environment. The coast is largely lined by sweeping white sand beaches, whilst just to the south lies the scenic Mida Creek with its mysterious mangrove forests. Offshore lies an extensive system of reefs, which provide some of the best diving in the region.
Until relatively recently Watamu was considered to be a place to avoid the crowds, with a large number of private house rentals providing pleasantly low key accommodation. But in recent years there has been considerable development and the place now has its share of large beach resorts, almost all of which are offering very low rates in an attempt to attract visitors.
Situated in a pleasantly quiet area a couple of kilometres north of the town, Lonno Lodge is a relatively upmarket smaller property which occupies a decent sized plot up on rocks over the ocean. It is centred on a single large building, a pleasantly ramshackle affair which takes inspiration from the indigenous architecture and is also slightly reminiscent of a European castle, with public areas on the ground floor leading out of a lovely swimming pool. Guest accommodation is in just four rooms and four suites, all situated in the main building.
Activities include diving, snorkelling, inter-tidal walks, spa treatments and visits to various historic sites in the area.
The main potential downsides are the aforementioned shortcomings of the area and the distinct lack of a sandy beach immediately in front of and for some distance either side of the lodge, although a broad sandy stretch can be reached on foot at low tide.